Virgin Galactic rockets to edge of space in first flight since 2019
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Company's test run last December was aborted because of technical issues
The 'Unity' craft reached an altitude of 55.45 miles (Virgin Galactic)

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has rocketed to the edge of space in its first flight in two years.

The company's VSS Unity craft reached an altitude of 55.45 miles above the Earth's surface after being launched from a space plane above New Mexico on Saturday.

It was Virgin Galactic's third overall successful spaceflight, and first since early 2019.

The company was forced to abort an attempt last December because of technical issues, and a February test flight was pushed back to May to ensure all onboard issues were dealt with.

"VSS Unity achieved a speed of Mach 3 after being released from the mothership, VMS Eve, and reached space, at an altitude of 55.45 miles before gliding smoothly to a runway landing at Spaceport America," Virgin Galactic said in a statement.

The flight, which was crewed by two pilots, also…
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